And that’s probably why he’s facing criminal charges (the perjury charge not withstanding).
The charges are child neglect (not applicable the way I understand the law) and culpable negligence (I could see a case being made for that, maybe, depending on the law and the facts in evidence).
I think Clammy is right that it’s being made a big deal of because we want/expect police officers to hold themselves/be held to a higher standard.
Based on my limited understanding of the facts, I think the charge of culpable negligence is fair, but I won’t go so far as to say conviction would be. Hopefully the jury returns the verdict he deserves. We’ll never really know, will we? We live in a ‘high trust’ society, where despite innumerable problems, the system mostly gets it right in cases like this. Enjoy that while it lasts…